It’s never nice to rag on anyone for anything they can’t really control but in terms of Katherine Langford’s role in The Misguided, it would appear that her fame from 13 Reasons Why is the only real reason why she’s here. That’s how little screen time she seems to have in the movie despite the fact that she’s one of the more known faces in the film. This audition tape seems to indicate that she’s going to have a bigger role but the fact of the matter is that she is there, but she’s nowhere near as prominent in this role as she could be. To be fair the story doesn’t really revolve around her character all that much so it’s very understandable why she doesn’t appear too often. But when considered that she’s one of the more famous faces it begs the question as to why she would see fit to downgrade to a lesser presence in any film rather than find something that would allow her to keep rising as she needs to in order to stay competitive.
There are of course many answers for that and being able to diversify is just one of them. After all she’s not the first actor to ever take on a lesser role in a film for various reasons as many others have done the same thing. It could be that she felt she needed a challenge or it could be that Langford wanted something either different or similar to how the Netflix show that made her star felt. Any way you look at it really she had her own reasons for auditioning and as a result she was placed in the film possibly to give it just a little more of a chance to do something. Critics haven’t been too kind to the movie however, calling it lackluster and stating that it doesn’t flow all that well. But once again it’s not something that makes Langford unique, as many top-level actors have done films that didn’t go anywhere and confused the heck out of their fans.
Sometimes these films pan out and other times they simply go nowhere but can be counted as an effort that was made to take part in something that could have been interesting had it been developed in a more enticing manner. This likely won’t be the highlight of Langford’s career but it’s kind of a safe bet that few people will remember that she did it either. It’s not the worst of films to audition for, as it’s got a point to it and plot that’s solid enough to be at least a little bit entertaining. The only problem is that it just doesn’t move a pace that a lot of people can enjoy. While directing films that are artsy and are supposed to challenge people the trick is to know when the film is getting a little too intellectual for its own good. This film isn’t all that intellectual but it tries to be deep.
The only issue is that it seems to think that it’s deeper than it really is.